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Chelsea will face Southampton in the Fa Cup semifinal, and this afternoon the Football Association have confirmed when the two teams will meet at Wembley.

The game will be played on Sunday April 22, with a 3pm kick-off.

The Blus advanced to the semifinal after beating Leicester City, while the Saints defeated Wigan in the quarter finals.

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Chelsea striker Pedro scored the winning goal on Sunday vs Leicester and helped the Blues to qualify to the Fa Cup semifinal.

An important win, not only because it sent Antonio Conte‘s side to Wembley: I don’t remember the last time I scored with my head!  But I’m very happy to score the goal and for the team to get the win”. Pedro told Chelsea official website. It’s great to pass through into the next round and it’s very important for us to get the confidence and to fight from now until the end of the season. We want to get into the top four and we also want to win this trophy [FA Cup], so we will fight until the end. I’m very happy for Alvaro to score again and hopefully that will give him the confidence to score more. Alvaro is a very good player and an important part of our team. It’s important for him to score and to help the side and hopefully he can continue to do that until the end of the season. He had a back injury but now he’s in a very good condition and it’s a good time for him. I think his back is perfect now and hopefully he can keep scoring, because we all know just how good he is.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the win in the FA Cup semifinal over Leicester City.

The Blues needed extra time to beat the Foxes, who fought with the determination until the end: only a goal by Pedro in the end of the first extra half gave Chelsea the pass to Wembley for the semifinals:

“It was a tough game but we knew this. The last game at home we suffered a lot against Leicester, he told BBC Sport.

“We must be pleased today. I saw a good performance and great character from my team. After the game in the Champions League when we spent a lot of energy they showed good heart to beat Leicester.

On the semifinal draw, who put Chelsea against Southampton, Conte claimed:

 “When you arrive at this point, every game is difficult. Southampton have just changed coach but now it is important to be happy and to go for another game at Wembley. We will try to do our best to reach the final. We want to give satisfaction to our fans.

“I think that for us our target is to try and do our best. To work hard with the players. I must be pleased with the commitment of the players. If you can win a trophy it is important for a team like Chelsea. But the most important thing is for us to fight until the end in every competition. We will try to reach the final.”

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After the draw, that took place one hour ago after Leicester City v Chelsea final whistle, FA Cup semifinals schedule was announced.

Thefixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22.

Chelsea will face Southampton, while Spurs and Manchester United will play for the final in the other clash.

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After yesterday’s defeat vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinal, Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea now have to focus on the Fa Cup fourth round if they want a chance to get to Wembley.

This was a big chance to get to Wembley after the disappointment against Arsenal in the FA Cup and Community Shield. We were looking forward to going back but we couldn’t make it. We have to keep working hard to do it [in the FA Cup].” Azpilicueta told the Evening Standard. “After defeat you need to bounce back and show the answer from the team in the next game. We have to look forward. We must get a win for our confidence. We are disappointed and it hurts. We can do better. On Sunday we have another chance in the FA Cup to get closer to that trophy.”

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Speaking after tonight’s game at Emirates StadiumArsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims half-time was crucial for his team in their effort to beat Chelsea and qualify to the Carabao Cup final which will be played next month at Wembley vs Manchester City.

I felt that in the first half there were tactical reasons for not expressing the quality of our game, we rectified that at half time.” Wenger said during his post game press conference. “In the second half we won the ball high up and controlled the game. It’s a great satisfying night for us. We managed to beat a strong team. In January we paid a heavy price for uncertainty in the dressing room – now we are back. We have shown we can beat big teams. That’s important for the second half of the season”.

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Willian already won the League Cup in the 2014/2015 season when Chelsea defeated Tottenham in the final.

Now the Brazilian player wants to repeat this experience and win another trophy with the Blues, but first Antonio Conte‘s side must beat Arsenal in the semifinal whose first leg will be played tonight at Stamford Bridge.

We are confident,” Willian told the official Chelsea website. “It’s another semi-final for us and a great opportunity to reach the final. It’s a big game, an important game, and of course we want to get through to Wembley. There are two legs and we have to make sure we’re ready for each match. If we win at Stamford Bridge we can go to the Emirates in a good position. Arsenal are strong at home, they have a lot of possession and play with the ball but I think if we play well over the two legs and do a good job we can reach the final. We are really strong at Stamford Bridge and we have to continue in that way. You always have to try to win when you play at home and hopefully we can do a great job against Arsenal.”

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Three Chelsea game will be broadcasted live in February and so the Premier League have announced today new dates and times for these Blues clash.

Antonio Conte‘s side will now play away Watford on Monday 5 February with an 8pm kick-off; they will host West Bromwich at Stamford Bridge on Monday 12 February at 8pm and finally they will play at Old Trafford on Sunday 25, even if this game can be rescheduled again if Chelsea will qualify to Carabao Cup final which will be played that day at Wembley.

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All Chelsea players were happy and relieved when Marcos Alonso scored a late winner yesterday at Wembley vs Tottenham, but one of them was particularly grateful to his team-mate.

Michy Batshuay scored an own-goal which seemed to have handed the Spurs a share of the points, but then Marcos Alonso netted his second goal and secure Chelsea a crucial victory.

Yeah tell me about it lol   thx @marcosalonso03 – Batshuay posted on his Twitter account.


Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his 1st appearance for Argentina in the 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester last night. The 36-year-old was sensational...